Things to do before classes begin

Take your next steps for enrollment! Make sure you’ve completed these items as part of the admissions process:

  1. Complete enrollment agreement.
  2. Complete technical standards form. This forms needs to be notarized; if you are local, we provide free notary services on campus.
  3. Pay $300 admissions deposit (you must be logged into mySCNM).
  4. Complete background check. You should have received an email from Certiphi, a Vertical Screen company, with log-in information. Please note that there is a fee for the background check, payable directly to Certiphi. 
  5. Complete Everfi courses. These three (3) courses must be completed at least two (2) weeks prior to orientation. 
  6. Complete Immunization requirements. SCNM requires all students to demonstrate immunity for Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Click here for more details (scroll down to the bottom on the page). 
  7. Complete financial aid paperwork. 
  8. Complete outstanding admissions requirements. Refer to your acceptance letter or call your admissions rep with questions. 
  9. Sign up for a Peer Mentor. First complete the brief quiz at www.16personalities.com. Then, fill out this form so we can better match you with a mentor. It should only take 5 minutes or so. You cannot save your answers if you exit out of this form before you are finished.

Class schedule

The class schedule will be posted on mySCNM about 6 weeks prior to the start of the quarter. In the meantime, you can look at the current Quarter 1 or 2 schedule now to get an idea of what your schedule may look like. When looking at the schedule, keep in mind that you will only be assigned to 1 lab (.0L) section for each lecture class. 

Required books

Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals by Jane Rice. (Medical Terminology: A Short Course, 7th or 5th Edition by Davi-Ellen Chabner, BA, MAT is okay too.) You are required to read this book before you arrive. You will be quizzed on the material during orientation. 

The class required book list is posted on mySCNM a few weeks before the quarter begins. We’ll send you a note once it’s available. Students often ask if they should buy every book on the list. All required books are available for short-term loan in the SCNM library. Some students purchase all their books. Others wait to purchase their books until after attending orientation.

All students, however, recommend buying a good human anatomy atlas. Some favorites include Atlas of Anatomy by Anne M Gilroy, Brian R MacPherson, Lawrence M Ross, Michael Schuenke, Erik Schulte or Atlas of Human Anatomy by Frank Netter, MD.

Here are some suggested sites for online book shopping:

dealoz.com does the comparative shopping for you by listing the price, shipping, and availability at dozens of online book sellers. 

abebooks.com is highly recommended by fellow students.

bookfinder.com is highly recommended by Robert Wilbanks, Library Assistant.


You are required to dress professionally for your Introduction to Clinical Practice I & Clinical Skills Lab (CLPR). You don’t need a full professional wardrobe, just a couple of outfits that you can alternate every week and a pair of comfortable closed-toe shoes.

Need to buy professional clothes? There are lots of great discount stores in the Phoenix area including Ross, Marshalls/TJ Maxx, Dillard’s Outlet and quality second hand stores including My Sister’s Closet, Poor Little Rich Girl and If I Were a Rich Man.

Lab coats - SCNM provides lab coats for students in the Anatomy Lab which includes a cleaning service every week. The coats come in various sizes: XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL and XXL.

*Not required, but a lot of students like to have a pair of scrubs to wear underneath their lab coat to Anatomy Lab.

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